Accurate identification of pests is essential to having an effective pest management program. Knowing the biology of the pest will give you valuable information on how to approach pest management. For example, if you put out mouse traps and have rat, you will have failure in your program. If not noticed in time, the initial failure may increase your problem if reproduction occurs.
Identifying your pest will lead you to information about its life cycle, food sources, habitat preferences and natural enemies. Each piece of information you know about your pest will help you to devise a management program that successfully targets your particular problem.
To help you identify your pest, you must inspect. Inspection will help you find out what pests you are dealing with, and locations where these pests should be targeted.
Some common pests in school environments include cockroaches, ants, rodents, termites, flies, weeds, silverfish, and spiders. Each pest requires a different strategy for management. For more information on IPM strategies for particular pests, please search our action plans or visit http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/ipm/schoolipm/index.html.